Newcomb Summer Session is a selective pre-college program designed to educate participants on gender equality through the Newcomb Institute of Tulane University. The program is open to students entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school and offers a preview of college life through a women's leadership lens.

Educating Undergraduates for Gender Equality in the 21st Century

Newcomb Summer Session is designed to inspire students to end gender inequality in their generation. With more students joining the public conversation—from the “confidence gap” to the #MeToo Movement—the program empowers them to put feminist ideas into social action. Students learn strategies for taking on leadership roles in and beyond the classroom, finding a public voice, tackling real-world issues, and strengthening college applications.

Program Highlights

Hands-on coursework

Learn from talented faculty in the heart of New Orleans

Explore potential careers

Mutliple session dates—ideal for busy families

Explore Our Courses

Newcomb Summer Session offers two-week-long virtual courses with an emphasis on collaborative engagement through interactive learning with seminar discussions and collaborative projects. All courses work synergistically to deepen students’ understanding of gender, leadership, and social change.

June 15-26, 2020 course offerings:

  • Programmers, Wired Women, and Techno-Feminists: Gender in Computing
  • Reproductive Rights in the Media
  • Women’s Advocacy

July 6-17, 2020 course offerings:

  • Dismantling Rape Culture
  • Women Writing Out Loud

Take the Next Step and Apply to Newcomb Summer Session

To apply, students must submit an essay and transcript. Limited needs-based scholarships are available. In order to be considered for our scholarship opportunities, you must submit both your course selections and your scholarship application by the financial aid application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application or have questions about scholarships, email for more information.

Admission to Tulane Pre-College and Newcomb Summer Session is open to all individuals regardless of their immigration status. Individuals with DACA status and other non-citizens are welcome to apply to Tulane Pre-College summer programs. For more information, visit

The future of gender equality depends on you. Apply today to the Newcomb Summer Session Pre-College program!


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Meet Our Faculty

Sally J. Kenney, Ph.D.


Sally J. Kenney has served as director of the Newcomb Institute and held the Newcomb endowed chair since 2010. She is a faculty member in the Political Science Department and an affiliated faculty member in the law school. Her research interests include sexual assault on campus, women’s imprisonment, women and leadership, gender and judging, judicial selection, feminist social movements, women and electoral politics, the European Court of Justice, exclusionary employment policies, and pregnancy discrimination. Her latest book is Gender and Justice: Why Women in the Judiciary Really Matter.

A native of Iowa, Sally J. Kenney earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Iowa, a B.A. and M.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Magdalen College, Oxford, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University. From 1989-1995, she held a joint appointment in Political Science, Women's Studies, and Law at the University of Iowa. She served on the faculty at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs from 1995-2009 where she also directed the Center on Women and Public Policy. She teaches a service learning course on the politics of rape as well as one on women’s imprisonment. For the last three years, she has led a study abroad program working with AIDS orphans in Kenya, teaching leadership and sexual and reproductive health.

Clare Daniel, Ph.D.


Clare Daniel is an Administrative Assistant Professor of Women's Leadership at Newcomb Institute. She received her doctorate and master's in American Studies from the University of New Mexico and her bachelor's degree from Macalester College in German Studies and English with a Women and Gender Studies minor. Her book Mediating Morality: The Politics of Teen Pregnancy in the Post-Welfare Era was published in 2017 by the University of Massachusetts Press. Her work has also appeared in Signs: Journal of Women and Culture in Society, the edited MTV and Teen Pregnancy: Critical Essays on Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant, and the library science journal Collection Building. She periodically teaches courses in the Department of Communication, the Gender and Sexuality Studies program, the Honors Program, and the Spark Residential Learning Community.

Jacquelyne Thoni Howard, Ph.D.


Jacquelyne Thoni Howard is the Manager of Technology Initiatives at Newcomb Institute. She has a Ph.D. in U.S. History from Fordham University. Her background includes digital humanities, online education, and instructional technology. Jacque is also a historian of Borderlands history who works at the intersection of the gender, family, and colonial cultures. In her current project, she examines the experiences of women and families in the French Lower Louisiana Borderlands. Jacque has taught the history of gender, history of race and empire, digital scholarship practices, and the history of science and technology as the main themes in several undergraduate courses. These courses include U.S. History to 1865, U.S. History Since 1865, Western Civilization I, History of Modern Europe, Understanding Historical Change - U.S. History.

Aiden Smith, Ph.D.


Aidan Smith is the Director of Newcomb Scholars Program and teaches its first year seminar, The History and Philosophy of Higher Education: The Role of College Women. She earned her bachelor's degree at Barnard College and holds a master's degree in mass communication from the University of Florida. She completed her doctorate in American Studies at the University of Hawaii in 2013. She also coordinates Newcomb’s feminist film initiatives. Her first book, Gender, Heteronormativity, and the American Presidency, was published by Routledge in October 2017.

Laura Wolford


Laura Wolford is the Assistant Director of Newcomb Institute. She has a BA in English from Reed College and a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School at the University of Texas, Austin. At NCI, Laura oversees the Newcomb Research Center, coordinates several endowed programs, manages the Newcomb Grants program, and coordinates the Institute’s annual report, budgeting and strategic planning processes. Her work also promotes faculty engagement through the Newcomb Fellows program. She serves as the Newcomb representative to the campus-wide Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Coalition and serves on the Tulane Staff Advisory Council. Prior to joining Newcomb, Laura worked as a budget analyst for the state of Texas, on a political campaign in Oregon, as a legislative aide to an Oregon state representative, and as an intern at NARAL Pro-Choice Texas.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take more than one course?

Yes and yes! Students can attend session one (June 15-26), week two (July 6-17), or both.

Which course(s) should I choose?

All Newcomb Summer Session courses foster leadership, collaboration, and college-level reading and discussion.

Will I receive college credit?

Newcomb Summer Session does not offer college credit. You will receive a certificate of completion.

Who is eligible to apply?

Rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors in good academic standing are eligible.

Is there homework?

Students will be expected to read approximately 50-100 pages of provided text before the program begins. There will be additional reading assignments throughout the program; expect around 30 pages per night.

I am a male or nonbinary student. Can I apply?

Yes! Newcomb Summer Session welcomes all students who are motivated to study women’s leadership, feminist ideas, and social change.

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